Blind Veterans National Chapter #1
WEB SITE: http://www.davbvnc1.com/contents.htm
September/October 2014 Newsletter
Editor: Dennis O’Connell
Bvnc1@optonline.net is the new email address
"IF I CANNOT SPEAK GOOD OF MY COMRADE,
I WILL NOT SPEAK
OFFICERS OF THE BLIND CHAPTER
Commander Carroll Prosser (SC), Phone (843) 997-1981
Senior vice Commander James Hogan (CA)
1st Junior vice Commander Terry Livingston (FL)
2nd Junior vice Commander
3rd Vice Commander Ron Lester (AZ)
4th Junior vice Commander William Burgess (FL)
Adjutant/Treasurer Paul Kaminsky (FL) (also webmaster),
Phone 904 291-0576
Immediate Past Commander Richard Bugbee (AZ)
PLEASE, if you know of any member who is sick or deceased inform one of the officers whose contact information is listed above ASAPP.
Hope each of you are doing well. The
national blind chapter is doing well and we all look forward to a great year.
Our next chance to talk to and express our opinions and the needs of veterans
will be in February when we go to the winter conference in
TOP 10 DISABILITAES CLAIMED BY VETERANS
1. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
2. Sleep Apnea
3. Diabetes Type II
4. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
7. Peripheral Neuropathy
10. Various Skin Disorders
WHAT ARE THOSE SPECIAL MARKINGS ON OVH HEADSTONES?
I was at the Ohio Veterans Home cemetery admiring all the
hard work they put into cleaning up the rows and stones and notice several
different markings. Some had crosses, some crosses with circles around them,
others were just shields. Can you tell me what the differences mean? (Michelle
Ohio Veterans Home spokesman Mike McKinney provided the following response: The answer is that the markings on the graves denote how the VA, and earlier federal veterans’ departments, depicted a veteran’s religious faith on their grave or, for earlier eras, the military unit in which they served. The VA, and its predecessors, had provided headstones for the graves of veterans dating back to the post-Civil War era. Veterans of World War II and later conflicts who professed a Christian faith had a cross placed on their headstone. The VA will also place symbols of other faiths on headstones. Currently, the VA’s website lists over 50 faith symbols. For veterans of the World War I era, or older veterans who died after the period of World War I, the Christian faith symbol was a cross inside a circle.
Veterans of the Civil War, wars in the western U.S., and the Spanish-American War, who passed away prior to World War I, had different markings on their headstones. In these cases, the headstones did not denote a religious faith. Part of the design of that era’s headstones includes a shield, within which is denoted the military unit the veteran was a part of during their service.
The graves at the
THE KNFB READER IOS
A web-link to a descriptive podcast is below the following text. In this podcast, Michael Hansen gives us a walk-through and demonstration ofKNFB Reader iOS, an app which allows blind or print-disabled users accurate and efficient access to printed text. Some of KNFB Reader's features include:
•Fast, accurate and efficient mobile text recognition that delivers near instantaneous results.
•Reading modes for books, articles and labels, bills and memos.
•Synchronized text highlighting with high quality speech and Braille output.
•Field of view report to assist with aligning the camera relative to the document.
•Tilt guidance feature to assist with capturing the perfect picture of a document.
•Automatic text detection to enable hands-free operation.
•Ability to import, OCR, and read image-based pdf and jpg files.
•Export txt and html formatted text
files to cloud storage services including Dropbox and
•Batch scan mode to process and read multiple pages.
•Recognize and read text in multiple languages.
•Additional features including language translation, text editing, and more coming soon.
KNFB Reader is currently a $99 download in the App Store.
AppleVisPodcast600.mp3 (direct link):
Currently designed for the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. More information can be found at:
During the business sessions
two Resolutions were submitted. Resolution A requests that VA provide us blind
veterans with proper training on assistive technology equipment issued to us by
the VA. The VA utilizes several
occupational levels of training as identified in the Resolution. All too often
these occupational positions lack knowledge of the equipment to which the VA
has issued to the blind veteran. Resolution A request that the VA train and or
maintain certification to ensure that there is a solid basic knowledge of the
assistive technology equipment that the VA issues. Resolution B concerns a lack of a safe mode
of transportation for blind veterans to travel to and from their scheduled VA
appointments. Both resolutions passed on the convention floor. Also noted was
that for the fifth consecutive year the Chapter had met its membership goal and
received a fifth flag pendant from National Headquarters. Commander Prosser
assigned committee responsibilities to the following convention committees: General
Resolutions; , Legislation & Vet Benefits, Constitution & Bylaws, Hospital
and Voluntary Services, Nominations, and
Credentials. All Primary and Alternate attended all assigned committee
meeting and all convention business meetings. The following individuals were
elected or re-elected to the noted office position: Commander: Carroll Prosser
(South Carolina) (Re-Elected), Sr. Vice:
James Hogan (
The closing event of the DAV National Convention was
an evening where we attended the presentation of our new National Officers,
headed by our newly elected Commander for 2014-2015 Ron F. Hope (
Hope to see you next year!!